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Las Vegas firearms instructor charged with murder after carjacking attempt


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A firearms instructor is charged with murder over the death of a person who tried to steal his car over Super Bowl weekend, court documents show.

Police issued a warrant for Carlos Viana, 34, who is described in police documents as a firearms instructor, in February. He was jailed on Monday and posted bail, according to reports.

According to his warrant, Viana called police around 12:15 p.m. on February 13, to say he had shot a person trying to steal his car, which was parked outside a warehouse in the Central Valley in the 4600 block of South Valley View Boulevard, north of Tropicana Avenue.

The patient, Stanley Marks, 39, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Clark County Coroner’s Office said Marks died of a gunshot wound to the top.

Viana had called 911, saying an individual had attempted to steal her automobile, which contained a number of firearms. Viana said he stopped at the warehouse location to pick up firearms to take to where he was working, police said.

Viana told the dispatcher he left his car and keys outside as he ran through the warehouse, the documents show. At that time, the victim “attempted to take off with his car”, police said.

Police issued a warrant for Carlos Viana, 34, who is described in police documents as a firearms instructor, in February. He was jailed on Monday and posted bail, according to reports. (KLAS)

Inside the car’s truck were three handguns and a fully automated machine gun, police said.

While speaking with detectives, Viana mentioned that the person drove the car towards him, prompting him to surmise, “I had to do something to stop this guy from continuing, driving down the street. And then I will try to arrest him,” the police wrote.

Viana discharged her weapon about 3-4 feet from the car, police said.

“When Viana discharged his handgun, he was standing on the driver’s side of the vehicle, not in front of the vehicle,” police said. “Viana fired her handgun twice at the vehicle, hitting the driver’s door window.”

The car then began to roll slowly and Viana opened the door and parked the car, police said. He then entered the office and called 911.

In a conversation with police, Viana said he didn’t know if the victim was armed.

Police have concluded that Marks was the victim of a murder with a deadly weapon.

Viana has a federal firearms license, police said. He was due to appear in court in May.

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